How i build my first npm package, a command like chat application


Posted a year ago


Hello everyone,

I recently started developing a command line chat application . This idea was floating with me for quite sometime , i actually made a prototype few months ago , but it was for proof of concept kind of thing. So i recently build it with more features and little more tidy 😂 .


What exactly i build


aloha logo

well , Aloha-cli-chat is a real time command line chat application build with Nodejs. So this is a chat application , but it runs on your command line!.

for sometime i was goofing around with pusher services for my University second year project, and i came across with pusher chatkit service. It is a awesome out of the box real time chat service you can integrate with many different environments. So i wanted to test it out. I could have implemented a node react web app to test , but it was very common. I wanted to do something different. so with some research i decided to build a command line chat application, it was easy to start with, and matched with my NodeJs skill set .


How i made it


Aloha-cli-chat's command line interface and backend server both are build with NodeJs. I used Mongodb for storing user data.but most hard part is done by pusher chatkit.

To get a better understanding, i’ll break down the process.

First a new user can signup to our chat application via command line.

After signing up a our system will create a new pusher chatkit user on behalf of that user , and we can authenticate this user with our system (from credentials we collected) .

in a successful authentication , our system will issue a auth token from pusher and send it to the client , so client can start chatting , creating chat rooms etc. high level overview


What i learned by building this


well , I learned how to publish a npm package . How to get data from the command line. A better understanding about pusher chatkit service, and how i can integrate it in my future projects.

Although this is not ideal for common day-today use, this is a great beginner friendly project as a beginner myself, i learned a great deal from this project.
you’ll find many things to improve, and more creative features to add. So i decided to make this a open source project so everyone can join with me to build a better , robust CLI chat application. PRs and issues are welcome .

git repo

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